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Author Archives: Michael Johnston
On the Lookout for New Repertoire I received this note recently, and it made my day, week, and month! This kind of encouragement makes me want to continue restoring more and more organ music. Thank you very much indeed for … Continue reading
Festival Prelude on Ein’ Feste Burg I have begun work on restoring organ music by William Faulkes, as some of you know by playing his Paraphrase on a Christmas Hymn (“O Little Town of Bethlehem”). I wanted to start with … Continue reading
Neglect of British and American Concert Organ Music One essay by Dr Wolfram Syré in his blog on Contrebombarde.com, “The Barde,” was kindly brought to my attention by Steve Schlesing. The full title is too long for a good headline, … Continue reading
The Organ of Temple Beth Israel in Portland, Oregon Steve Schlesing has made a recording of Roy Perry’s Christos Patterakis on this sample set taken from Reuter’s Opus 227 from 1926. It’s a great match of music and instrument. Thanks, … Continue reading
Karl August Haupt by Everett Truette Everett Truette was a prolific writer on many aspects of music and musicians. I have restored some of Truette’s music, and this month I restored Haupt’s Two Canons on a Choral Theme in the … Continue reading
An Interview with Paul Jacobs Here is an interview with Paul Jacobs by Parker Ramsay from July 27. There are photos and videos throughout the text. My thanks go out to Edward Peterson who recommended this for the blog.
“My music parcel arrived yesterday in perfect shape. The wrapping in plastic was really a good idea. A few times I have received music that got wet in transit or on delivery. I look forward to receiving email announcements from … Continue reading
August is for many in the USA “vacation month.” I have chosen two selections which are indeed vacation-worthy, but the other two are solid technique builders. Read below to find out which is which. ORGAN SHEET MUSIC 1. TWO SETS … Continue reading
Organ Concerts A Celebration of the Organ’s Survival Here is a story that will make you feel good about what’s doing in Chautauqua. I’m especially proud that Jared has chosen to play some of the music that I’ve restored (Dawn … Continue reading
The Menace of Mechanical Music From Appleton’s Magazine from 1906, I present some of the most impressive prognostication of all time. Children are naturally imitative, and if, in their infancy, they hear only phonographs, will they not sing, if they … Continue reading